Most people realize that GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a serious condition that left untreated can lead to a more serious condition. However a great number of people who suffer from this disease fail to take any actions that will lead to a cure. This head in the sand attitude guarantees that you are going to have a serious problem in the future. Many people with this disease have not even consulted a doctor about their condition.
Even If the sufferer is under the care of a physician they frequently do not follow medical advice. Doctors frequently prescribe a GERD Diet, changes in life style and medications in an effort heal their esophagus and reduce their symptoms. Of these prescriptions the only one that is normally followed is the taking of medications. Initially the patient will attempt life style and diet changes but soon lose heart and give up.
Few people realize that their disease will not be cured without a serious commitment to change their life style and live on a GERD Diet. Recent finding by the Veterans Administration show that the most important part of the diet is to remove fats from the diet. Obesity was found to be directly linked to this disease. Lowering cholesterol and eating a low fat diet were found to be critical in reducing gastroesophageal reflux disease and its symptoms. Studies have shown that simply losing weight reduce GERD symptoms in 59 percent of the people studied.
Additional studies have also shown that a combination of diet and exercise significantly reduced GERD symptoms over a period of 3 months. In most cases the reduction of symptoms is permanent. It stands to reason that you will lose weight more rapidly by exercising however there are more benefits to exercise. Exercise has been found to help the body digest food more efficiently. The chemical changes that come as the result exercise also reduce pain and discomfort associated with the disease. An additional benefit of using an exercise program to treat your disease comes in the form of reduced medications. Many people find that they can reduce the amount of both prescription and over the counter medications as a result of exercise.
We have occasioned to find people who are suffering from GERD and that are at or under their ideal weight. However most of these people do not participate in any regular program of exercise. Anecdotal information shows that when these gastro esophageal reflux disease patients begin a program of daily exercise their symptoms are reduced. It is important to realize that 30 minutes of intense exercise in the form of walking will have significant benefits. This walking should be at rapid pace to achieve the desired effect. Any exercise effort beyond this effort will also be beneficial but to a lesser degree.
Life style changes that include diet and exercise are a very important part of any effective treatment program. Check with your physician to assure that the diet and exercise program you are considering is appropriate for you.